Švejk in Russian Captivity

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1926

Production year

1926

Premiere

11 March 1927

Runtime

120 min

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Švejk v ruském zajetí

Czech title

Švejk v ruském zajetí

English title

Švejk in Russian Captivity

Synopsis

The good soldier Švejk finds himself in a Russian prisoner-of-war camp with his friends - one-year volunteer Marek and the teacher Biblička. From there they are sent to do agricultural work. Švejk and Marek are selected by Russian farmer Ivanovič. The verbose Švejk tells the story of how he saved the czar's life. The gendarmes hear this and other tales of Švejk's and they take him to the commander believing him to be a spy. The military chief cannot come to any agreement with Švejk so he sends him to Siberia where the gendarmes had already escorted Marek. Boredom reigns in the Siberian camp. Only a visit by the Austrian Red Cross provides any excitement. In the spring the captives are taken to work beyond the front. There Švejk discovers that emperor Franz Joseph I has died and he decides that he must attend the funeral. On the way he finds himself caught amidst the fervour of the Russian revolution and he becomes embroiled in the Russian cause. Back at home the faithful housekeeper Mrs Müller awaits his arrival. She has been going to the train station every day to see if he has returned. One day Švejk does indeed come home - with a pack of dogs which are to be the foundation of his new postwar existence. (According to promotional material issued at the time the film was made.)

Note

After Hašek´s death, Karel Vaněk tried to complete the fourth part of his novel Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za světové války/The Fates of the Good Soldier Švejk during the World War and he also wrote the sequel, two separate parts under the titles Švejk v ruském zajetí/Švejk in Russian Captivity and Švejk v revoluci/Švejk in Revolution. The sequel in first edition in the year 1923 was given the title Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka v ruském zajetí/The Fates of the Good Soldier Švejk in Russian Captivity.

Only part of the film has survived. In 1930 director Martin Frič put together a film (3,200 m) from another three films about Švejk (Dobrý voják Švejk/The Good Soldier Švejk, Švejk na frontě/Švejk at the Front and Švejk v ruském zajetí/Švejk in Russian Captivity), which, with the title of Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka/The Fates of the Good Soldier Švejk, had its première on the 20th of June 1930.

Cast

Karel Noll

Josef Švejk

Ferenc Futurista

velitel vojenských skladů kapitán Bojkov

Jan W. Speerger

velitel zajateckého tábora Klagen

Emma Schiller

Klagenova žena

Svatopluk Innemann

učitel Biblička

Eduard Šimáček

ruský statkář Trachim Ivanovič

Ella Nollová

ruská statkářka, Trachimova žena

Ludvík Veverka

Pepča Piskloun

Zdena Kavková

baronka Austerlitzová z Červeného kříže

Roza Schlesingerová

hraběnka Taxilová

Jiří Hron

jednoročák Marek

Milka Balek-Brodská

ruská carevna

František Smolík

ruský statkář

Galina Razimova

Soňa, dcera statkáře Trachima

Jaroslav Marvan

ruský důstojník

Antonie Nedošinská

Müllerová, Švejkova bytná

František Černý

vojenský kuchař

Crew and creators

Based on

Karel Vaněk (Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka v ruském zajetí – román), Jaroslav Hašek (Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za světové války – postavy z románu)

Director of Photography

Václav Vích

Production Designer

Alois Mecera

Cooperation

Willy Ströminger (fotograf)

Production info

Original Title

Švejk v ruském zajetí

Czech Title

Švejk v ruském zajetí

English Title

Švejk in Russian Captivity

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1926

Production Year

1926

Production specifications

date of censorship 11 March 1927

Premiere

premiere 11 March 1927 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Hvězda /2 týdny/, Kapitol /1 týden/ a Radio /2 týdny/, Praha)

Production

Gloriafilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Gloriafilm

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

120 min

Original length in metres

3 420 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,33

Colour

tinting, black & white

Sound

silent

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

without dialogue

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Intertitles languages

Czech

Opening/End credits languages

Czech